REPAIR

There is profound wisdom to the way plants heal. Sometimes it is slower than we are used to with medications that mask and manage symptoms.

There are compounds in nature (often copied by modern medicine) that reduce inflammation, manage pain, fight infections and pathogens, calm the nerves and clear up wastes. Fascinated by all these capabilities and the complex intelligence behind them, we have created a range of balms, oils and tinctures for all manner of physical complaints. We use quality natural oils, raw beeswax and alcoholic distillations we make ourselves.

Please note that we are not registered with the Medicines Control Council of South Africa and do not claim to diagnose or treat any particular disease or condition.


Balms

All of our balms are made with ethically sourced raw beeswax and a blend of avocado, grapeseed, hempseed and jojoba oil. Some include castor or olive oil. Into this blend, we infuse the relevant plants.

  • Anti-bacterial balm

    African wormwood is a highly respected anti-bacterial and anti-viral plant. This infusion is for use on open sores, spider and tick bites. It can be applied inside the nostrils for a blocked nose or on cottonwool and into the ears for ear infections.

  • Anti-fungal balm

    Developed in order to combat serious fungal and bacterial infections of the skin. People have also found it helpful for ringworm. Kraalbos, Sand olive and Pepperbark.

  • Anti-inflammatory balm

    Initially created simply for muscles inflamed by exercise, but people have found it to be effective for all kinds of inflammatory conditions and body pains, as well as allergic skin reaction. It includes a number of herbs that are known for their anti-inflammatory capabilities. These include Inflammation bush, Belbos, Wild dagga, Cannabis and Cape snowbush. 

  • FynbosMengsels pain relief balm

    Anti-inflammatory balm with Cannabis, Belbos, Buchu and Witvergeet. An amazing balm made and sold by traditional knowledge holders.

  • Bug bite balm

    Apply this balm liberally to deter insects, but also use it to remove the itch from existing bites. Lemongrass is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and this balm is excellent for massage.

  • Moisture balm

    To restore moisture balance to dry, chapped skin. Primarily intended as a lip balm, but is also great for chapped heels or any other dry skin. Rooibos and buchu.

  • Rash relief balm

    This infusion of Agtdaegeneesbos, Inflammation bush and Cape snowbush was created in order to assist with all of the many people suffering from psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Wound healing balm

    This amazing balm uses Agtdaegeneesbos, an ancient Cape remedy for all manner of skin conditions. It is very helpful for burns (even third degree burns), as well as wounds, bites and rashes, including eczema. It can also help to integrate old scars.

  • FynbosMengsels wound healing balm

    Skin repair balm for all manner of skin conditions, made and sold by traditional knowledge holders. Agtdaegeneesbos.


Oils

All of our therapeutic oils are made with the same indirect heat infusion method as the balms. The base oils we use include hempseed, avocado and grapeseed oils, plus jojoba for the skin repair and beard oils.

  • Restoration oil

    Inflammation in the body may result from external causes (exercise or injury), or it may be an autoimmune response or condition - perhaps a reaction to dietary triggers or stress. Restoration Oil was created in order assist with both of these. We have used a number of herbs that are known for their anti-inflammatory capabilities. These include Inflammation bush, Belbos, Wild dagga, Cannabis, Taaibos and Cape Snowbush. The oil may be used internally or externally. External use: apply as a massage oil. May also be used on eczema. Internal use: take a dropper full on the tongue. 

  • Skin repair oil

    This healing topical oil uses the soothing and skin repair properties of Agtdaegeneesbos and Lavender to help soothe away scars, stretch marks, rashes and more.

  • Beard oil

    This ultra-softening beard oil is not just for beards – it also makes a great conditioning oil for dry or flyaway hair. The combination of lemongrass and cape camomile essential oils smells great too.


Tinctures

Tinctures are a great way to work with the healing properties of plants through ingestion, as alcohol is an essential solvent and preservative of all the plant compounds. They offer a potent, highly concentrated way of working with herbs – a very little goes a long, long way.

“Buchu brandy” is of course the most famous of all fynbos tinctures, but there are so many other beneficial plants!

Our tinctures are rather special, in that they are made from scratch. The grapes came from our own land, and were handpressed (by ourselves) and fermented into both red and white wine. These were then distilled, through the same extended column potstill that we used for our essential oils, so as to introduce various fynbos botanicals into the alcohol distillation (essentially, a gin process). Into this high quality, high energy botanical alcohol, we then infuse further botanicals for a number of months. The result? Cleam, highly potent botanical tinctures that are produced with highest intent from the very beginning of their production process.

Some "allopathic" possibilities for each tincture have been included below. For those who are interested, we also include some information on the related chakra/meridian and emotional potential.

PLEASE NOTE : we are not registered by the Medicines Control Council of South Africa, and do not claim to diagnose or cure any particular disease or condition. This information is for reference only. Consult your doctor if you are unsure.

  • Rose geranium

    Rose Geranium is a sweet smelling plant with beautiful lime-green leaves tinged with pink on the tips. It has a very harmonious aspect to it: simply inhaling the fresh leaves can lift a headache, calm the mood and ground the mind, encouraging a more relaxed, receptive perspective on life.

    The Geranium family have been in use, medicinally and aromatically, for centuries. Rose geranium leaves and flowers are used traditionally to heal wounds and skin ailments or to combat depression. The leaves and oils contain depression-beating compounds, are effective in combating cervical cancer and leukaemia cells, and also kill bacteria, fungi, mites, lice and ticks. The plant also has anti-oxidant properties so it helps heal all manner of free radical damage in the system. It is also great for stiff muscles and nervous cramps.

    Heart and pericardium meridian, heart chakra. High frequency. For positivity.

  • Wild dagga

    Wild dagga is a powerhouse of compounds that are calming to body and mind, and may be used to create a feeling of centredness, wellbeing, connectedness and peace. Aside from being calming, Leonotis tincture may be helpful for twitching, coughs, colds, bronchitis and asthma. It can also be used for muscle cramps, arthritis and piles. Skin conditions caused by anxiety (like eczema and hives) can also benefit from both internal and external use.

    Heart and central meridian, heart and base chakras. For joy and gratitude.

  • African wormwood

    The Artmesias (wormwoods) have been in use throughout the world for centuries. Artemisia afra (or African wormwood) is known and trusted throughout Africa. The plant is strongly anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and anti-malarial, but its most important compound, Thujone, is toxic and psychoactive at chronic doses. This tincture of leaves and stems is potentially helpful for fevers, colds, headaches, intestinal worms and gastritis. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial swab for open wounds, sores, boils that won’t heal, or spider/tick bites.

    Triple warmer meridian, protective. Throat chakra. For truth.

  • Sand olive

    Sand Olive is one of the most widely known, commonly used and trusted tonic plants. Its action is really gentle, yet extremely effective for many conditions, most importantly those connected with the lungs, the head and flu, as well as pains of all kinds. It is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It can be used to steam open clogged pores. It is being used to combat breast cancer. It is anti-inflammatory and analgesic, yet completely benign: a plant you can use daily as an immune tonic.

    Lung and large intestine meridians. For processing grief and guilt.

  • Taaibos

    Taaibos is resilient, evergreen and resistant to drought. The leaves and roots (ours is a leaf tincture) can calm anxiety, ease an aching stomach and carry a small child through serious illness. May be very helpful for boosting the immune system.

    Pericardium meridian, thymus chakra. For strength.

  • Slangbos

    A potent medicinal plant, with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used traditionally for coughs and colds, or as an antidote to snakebite.

    Central and large intestine meridians. For blocking and cleaning up toxins.

  • Sand olive and taaibos

    The anti-bacterial, anti-viral, fever breaking power of sand olive is combined with the immune boosting, strengthening aspects of taaibos. May be helpful for colds, flu and other viral illness, both to boost immunity and assist the body in fighting infection.

    Pericardium, heart and lung merdians. Large intestine; gut. For wellness.

  • Lemongrass

    Lemongrass is full of benefits – protecting the body from infection; help for cramps, clearing up of skin ailments. Can be applied to bites and infections (even ringworm), and infected pimples. May also be good for inflammation in the digestive system. The main compounds in Lemongrass include Citral, Geraniol and Linalool, which are all beneficial for supporting the protective, “clearing up” work of the immune system.

    Solar plexus chakra, Small intestine meridian. For cleaning and clearing.

  • Pepperbark

    This tree is definitely not indigenous to the hot, dry Cederberg, but it is a very important national indigenous treasure, and we have one growing in our garden for its essential medicinal value.

    It is endangered in the wild due to over-harvesting for medicine. The bark was traditionally used, but the strong, peppery leaves are just as potent, and we use them. It is an anti-parasitic and helpful for treating candida. Traditionally, it was used as an anti-malarial.

    Large intestine meridian, root and solar plexus chakra. For purging parasites

  • Wild sage

    Salvia Africana is a plant of wisdom. It is full of compounds that modulate information at the boundary of the cell whilst also containing very subtly psychoactive chemicals which can bring the mind closer to an experience of genuine truth. Blue Sage has antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial and anti-tuberculosis properties. It has been found to inhibit cancer cells. It is also potentially anti-allergenic, and beneficial for the heart. It has also been found to work synergistically with Wild Dagga, for anti-viral effect.

    Lung meridian, third-eye chakra. For wisdom.

  • Buchu

    Buchu is an ancient part of human heritage, being an important member of the group of plants that were used by the San as sacred aromatics, rubbing them onto the skin both for practical and ritualistic use. When buchu is consumed, varied terpenes and other compounds in the plant interact with the visceral and cellular membranes, influencing their permeability and effecting all manner of change to the body’s reality – reducing inflammation, clearing up gout, curing infections and causing the body to pass water. Buchu is a potent diuretic and long term irritant to the gall bladder. Do not use when pregnant.

    Kidney and bladder meridians. Crown chakra. For the waters.

  • Wild sage and buchu

    Combining wild sage's capacity to modulate menstruation and relieve inflammation, and buchu's interaction with the waters of the body and intuition, this is a tincture for women's bodies and women's wisdom.

    Uterus. Kidney and bladder meridians. Crown and third-eye chakras. For the sacred feminine.

  • Wild olive

    The wild olive tree has a steadfast and deeply reassuring energy which is underpinned in quite a fascinating way, by the medicinal characteristics of the compounds in the leaves. Wild olive leaves are protective (against viral and bacterial infections, as well as stress and oxidative damage), and also beneficial for the circulatory system – heart, kidneys, blood pressure and sugar. The two primary compounds, Oleuropein and Oleacein, have been found to work together to ensure heart health, lowering blood pressure and preventing the constriction of blood vessels. They have an anti-spasmodic effect. Ursolic acid and oleanolic acid, on the other, have been found to help tone the heart and reduce irregular heartbeat. Wild olive leaf is also an important anti-oxidant.

    Kidney and heart meridians. Heart and root chakra. For belonging.

  • Potjiebos

    The species name, Diosma, means divine smell in Greek. It is an aromatic plant, with oil glands on the underside, like buchu. The smell is lemony- camphorous and the oil is rich in terpenes. It is richly anti-inflammatory.

    Heart, pericardium, kidney meridians. High frequency. For opening the heart, uplifting the mind.

  • Lavender

    Lavender has a gentle, welcoming energy that instantly makes one feel calmer, more held. It has been used as a medicinal herb since antiquity, and has a huge variety of therapeutic uses. Lavender is a well-known sedative, and is used for depression, insomnia and anxiety. It can help alleviate pain, relieve inflammation and spasms, assist with rheumatism and ease digestion. Lavender is also anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and great for deterring insects.

    Crown chakra, Kidney 1 meridian point. For grounding and calming.

  • Imphepho

    Helichrysum is a genus of some 245 species, all of which are known as imphepo. Traditionally it is used as a sacred incense, but also burned as a fumigant. Helichrysum odoratissum is rich a-pinene and humulene. Both of these compounds have been intensively studied and found to be analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antibacterial. Pinene can help open the air passages, whilst improving memory and aiding lucid dreaming. It can be used for insomnia, fever, tension, inflammatory conditions, heart and lung conditions, kidney complaints and compromised immunity.

    Third-eye chakra, governing meridian. For protection and clearing.

  • Tortoise berry

    Muraltia spinosa is best known for the delicious bittersweet berries that are so abundant in early summer. However, Tortoiseberry leaves (from which our tincture is made) are sedative. They can be used to help with insomnia, abdominal cramps and anxiety, and thought to be helpful for tuberculosis.

    Root and sacral chakra, small intestine meridian. For faith in abundance.

  • Cape snowbush

    Cape snowbush leaves have a distinctive camphor smell. The plant was traditionally used to treat stomach ache, water retention and for heart and chest complaints. It is a decongestant, is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and helps to to expel gas and induce sweat.

    Governing and yang motility meridians. For letting go.

  • Green rooibos

    Unfermented rooibos is a powerful anti-oxidant, with free radical scavengers that help reduce inflammation and related diseases, as well as spasms and colic. It has also been found to be a good support for the health of the circulatory system, helping to strengthen the blood vessels, reduce blood pressure and lower heart disease risk. Green rooibos tincture, which we also sell in larger bottles, can also be used as a general bitter tonic and after-dinner digestive.

    Kidney meridian, heart chakra. For rooting.




APOTHECARY PRICE LIST

  • REPAIR

    Balms are sold in 25ml, 50ml and 100ml tins.

    25ml 50ml 100ml
    R50 R90 R160

    Oils are sold in 100ml glass bottles - R130 each

    Tinctures are sold in 100ml glass bottles - R150 each

  • NURTURE

    Moisturisers are sold in 50ml and 100ml glass jars.

    50ml 100ml
    R150 R250

    Deodrant balms are sold in 25ml and 50ml tins.

    25ml 50ml
    R50 R90

    Bath salts are sold in 400g medium pouches - R75.

    Soaps are sold unpackaged, as 120g bars - R50.

    Perfumes are sold in 10ml glass bottles - R90.

  • NOURISH

    Teas, herbal salts and smoothie powders are all sold in medium size standing pouches (weight differs due to weight of content):

    Teas: R60 (approximately 80g)
    Smoothie powders: R90 (approximately 75g)
    Herbal salts: R65 (approximately 200g)